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Chin people demand political dailogue with junta

The Chin community has urged junta to release Nobel laureate San Suu Kyi

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Mizo origin Myanmarese and 25 other Chin communities under the banner Chine National Council (CNC) have urged Burmese military regime to release Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and start a political dialogue with the opposition.

They also demanded release of other ethnic and political prisoners in Myanmar.

In a statement to mark the the 59th anniversary of Chin National Day, the CNC said, "Since the issue is political in nature, the regime would have to solve it in a political way to halt its ongoing military offensives against ethnic minority groups".

It has also appealed to the Chin people to be unified and work for solidarity among Chins, regardless of clans and regions in interest of national movement against military Junta.

The statement claimed the Chin communities across the globe have raised their voices against the military government in Myanmar for its alleged discrimination against the Chin people.

The CNC urged the military Junta to find a political solution to end the impasse through tripartite dailogue with the wining political parties of 1990 elections as well as the leaders of ethnic nationalities.

Myanmar military Junta has allegedly disallowed Chin community in the country to celebrate the Chin National Day.

About 50,000 Chin people had left their homeland and took refuge in foreign countries to escape unabated oppression of military in Myanmar, CNC stated.

First Published: Feb 23, 2007 14:11 IST